Lee’s Landing Lunch – 2020

202006_Lee_Lunch_20200613-161729  June 13, 2020
The DVC gathered at the Gateway Shopping Center for one of the few events on the calendar.

A road tour through backcountry roads the Conowingo Dam was the first stop, then onward to Lees Landing in Port Deposit on the Susquehanna River.

The weather was just spectacular, sunny, in the 60’s and no humidity. A true gift for the club to enjoy.

The Conowingo Dam was built in 1928, and one of the largest non-Federal Hydro-electric dams in the US. It is home to a variety of birds, including eagles that troll for fish off the dam. There were many Herons that gathered on the lower marshes around the dam. We relaxed at the dams seating areas for a bit, just taking in the sights, and enjoying the weather. We only glimpsed one eagle.

The DVC then regrouped for a spirited ride to 100 bikes, beautiful bike of all kinds.
The food was great – the beer was better!

In attendance were…

    • Robin and Jeff Rose, MGBGT V8
    • Sandy and Dick Suffredini, MGA
    • Jaimee and Tommy Rippert, MG TD
    • Pat and Patty Cawthorne, MGA
    • Mike Engard, Triumph V8
    • Debbie Eckert, MG TC 1948

After lunch, we strolled by the river, before heading home. It was a really great day; great cars, good roads, and great friends.

Safety Fast!

— Events Chair – Jeff Rose

 

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Wildwood Weekend – 2020

202005_Wildwood_20200606-134418  June 5-7, 2020

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Message from Ed and Dee Flax

Dear DVC,

Dee and I would like to express our appreciation to the DVC and its members for the recognition of our fifty years of membership and as Founding Members. The plaque you sent was completely unexpected, but is delightful to look at, and hangs in a place of honor in my garage-mahal. Dee and I are sorry that we were unable to attend the 50th anniversary celebration, due to an important family event the same weekend.

It feels  strange to be talking about being a founding member after the loss of our founder and leader, Hank Rippert. Hank and I shared many wonderful times together, from the founding of the DVC in 1970; including early local gatherings in Manayunk, driving trips through eastern Pennsylvania roads, and adventures in our TD’s including his being my navigator on the 1000 Mile Marathon to GOF Mk XIV in Hudson, OH forty-eight years ago this week. Hank organized the OOTTT trip in 1986 that was the first of it’s kind and joined us on the Circuit of Britain in 1990. He was instrumental in recognizing me with the George Eyston award twice for participation at NEMGTR events. We miss Hank and hope his family and friends are comforted by so many wonderful memories of the years he spent with us all.

We do look forward to being able to once again gather for in-person DVC and MG events.

Best regards,

Ed & Dee Flax

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50th Anniversary Party – 2020

Web_202003_Anniversary_20200307-040127  March 7, 2020
The DVC was celebrating its 50th year as an MG club.  We gathered at the Red Horse Motoring Club in Pottstown, PA to mark this milestone of the club’s inception.

As usual, the club rallied to the event in true MG style. We had a great representation of our membership. 68 members attended the party to renew friendships, reminisce about good times, and plan for new memories to be made.

The event was held in a beautiful old stone building that was previously the Ludwick Motors car dealership. The building has since been converted into a museum filled with nostalgic auto memorabilia and antique American iron owned by the venue.  We did manage to display our British Iron as well. Inside was Hank Rippert’s 1951 MGTD, Suffredini’s 1962 MGA, Rose’s 1974 MGBGT V8, Ripperts’ 1953 MGTD, and Mike Bartell’s spectacular 1939 MGTB.

Our caterer, Vinnie from Montesano’s, offered a delicious buffet of Italian cuisine and the private bar had all we needed to indulge in the pleasures of our choice. Our dessert included a custom MG 50th logo cake (scrumptious!) and raspberry cheesecake. Hank Rippert also treated the club to Moon pies, a tradition from his state of Tennessee.

As the day moved along, the appearance of a beloved friend of the club, Captain DVC made an entrance and joined the festivities. What a joy to see the Captain, after he returned from his world tour to join us in our celebration.

Next came the presentation of “the Book” by the Lakes. After years of circulation, it was presented back to Hank Rippert, the original recipient. The book is now retired into the club’s history.

Dick and Tommy then presented the traditional “Owards”. One award went to Jim Sanders, another award went to Mr. Suffredini himself, Graham Gill was a lucky recipient, and the last ‘Oward” went to Peter Yaskowski.

For the finale, Tom presented three beautiful plaques to the founding members, Hank Rippert, Le Barre Williams, and (not present) Ed Flax. We all thank these founders for their insight in starting this special club.

As we said our goodbyes, the heart of this club shined brightly. Many thanks to all who attended and to all who helped to make this a very special time. Now the club is off to continue on to the next half-century.

Safety Fast!

— Events Chair – Jeff Rose

 

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Mike’s Garage – 2020

Web_202002_Mike_Garage_20200222-023602  February 22, 2020
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